Chambers USA Ranks Seven Smith Anderson Practices as Top Tier, with 38 Attorneys Recognized in 2024 Guide  

Chambers USA

More than half of Smith Anderson’s 2024 Chambers USA-rated practices are now ranked in the highest category that the publication awards ("Band 1"). Chambers USA, one of the world’s leading research, analytics and rankings agencies for the legal industry and known as "the definitive mark of excellence across the legal industry" also listed 38 Smith Anderson lawyers as being among the top practitioners in North Carolina, with Smith Anderson gaining ranked lawyers in Construction, Healthcare and Real Estate: Zoning & Land Use.

Smith Anderson continues to have more lawyers recognized in the Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions category than any other North Carolina-based law firm and has maintained its ranking as the sole Band 1 rated firm in what Chambers identifies as the Raleigh, Greensboro and Surrounds region.

Chambers USA recognized Smith Anderson in the following practice categories:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Banking & Finance: Mainly Regulatory
  • Construction 
  • Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions 
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 
  • Environment
  • Healthcare
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment 
  • Litigation: General Commercial
  • Real Estate 
  • Real Estate: Zoning & Land Use 
  • Tax 

Chambers USA provides rankings of law firms and lawyers based on independent research obtained from clients, peers and members of the business community. Throughout the research process, Chambers USA obtains feedback from conversations with clients and peers. Below are some of the reviews the firm received during this year’s rating cycle:

  • "We have full confidence in Smith Anderson's ability to provide counsel on complex and sophisticated matters."
  • "Smith Anderson is a trusted adviser on whom I can count for balanced, intelligent counsel."
  • "The lawyers are very methodical in their approach to complex topics."
  • "It's a world-class team that does incredible work."

The following is a list of all 38 Smith Anderson lawyers who are honored as leading attorneys in the 2024 Chambers USA guide:

Banking & Finance

  • Curtis C. Brewer
  • Charles Kabugo-Musoke
  • Bart A. Norman
  • Armand A. Perry

Banking & Finance: Mainly Regulatory

  • Geoffrey W. Adams


  • Wayne K. Maiorano
  • Peter J. Marino
  • William (Casey) Vaughn

Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Christopher B. Capel
  • Robert E. Duggins
  • Timothy S. Goettel
  • John L. Jernigan
  • Byron B. Kirkland
  • Gerald F. Roach

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

  • Kara Brunk
  • Jamison H. Hinkle
  • Caryn Coppedge McNeill


  • David W. Berry
  • Steve T. Parascandola

Intellectual Property

  • R. Joseph Morris
  • John R. Therien


  • Robert W. Shaw
  • James (Jim) C. Wrenn, Jr.

Labor & Employment

  • Zebulon D. Anderson
  • Kevin M. Ceglowski
  • Rosemary Kenyon
  • Kimberly J. Korando
  • Kerry A. Shad

Litigation: General Commercial

  • Michael W. Mitchell
  • Christopher G. Smith
  • Donald Tucker, Jr.

Real Estate

  • C. Steven Mason
  • Michael R. Thornton
  • C. Allen York

Real Estate: Finance

  • C. Steven Mason

Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

  • Toby R. Coleman
  • Matthew A. Rhoad


  • Joshua D. Bryant
  • William W. Nelson

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